Larner College of Medicine Commencement
Class of 2018

The Ceremony

Time & Place

Sunday, May 20, 2018 
Ira Allen Chapel
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for guests.

Students will line up at 2:00 pm - location to be announced.


Tickets will be available online to degree candidates only from Monday, April 16 at 12:00 noon (EDT) - Monday, May 7 at 12:00 noon (EDT). Tickets will be available to reserve at a link send to each degree candidate's UVM email (not their email account). Each degree candidate is eligible to receive up to six tickets. Degree candidates do not need to participate in the Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony.

Have more questions? Check out the Commencement Tickets FAQ here.


For students: All degree candidates must have purchased their UVM Larner College of Medicine full regalia including gown, tam with tassel, and hood from the UVM Bookstore no later than February 2, 2018. If a student has missed the deadline, they should contact as soon as possible.

For faculty: All faculty who are walking in the procession must wear full regalia. If a faculty member plans on attending but does not have their own regalia, they can rent regalia through the UVM Bookstore. For more information please contact Faculty regalia rental orders must be placed no later than May 9, 2018.

Hooding & Guest Hooders

Hooding is a part of the Commencement ceremony immediately prior to when each graduate receives their diploma. As each graduating student's name is called, they ascend the stage and are seated on the "hooding stool." A doctoral hood is then placed over their head by either Dr. Tania Berstch and Dr. Christa Zehle or by Dr. Zehle and a guest hooder of their choosing. They then receive their diploma and descend from the stage.

Drs. Zehle and Bertsch are traditionally the hooders for the UVM Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony, but students are allowed to invite a guest hooder if they wish. Please read more about who can be a guest hooder and what guest hooders will need to know prior to the day of Commencement here>>


Participants or guests with disabilities and those who are Visually Impaired, Dear, Hard of Hearing or Deaf-Blind may make arrangements for accommodations for parking, captioning, interpreters, and large print, by completing the online Accessibility Request Form.

ASL Interpreters and Live Captioning

ASL interpreters and live captioning (CART: Communication Access Realtime Translation) will be provided at the Larner College of Medicine Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Should you or your family have additional ASL interpreting or captioning requests, please complete the online Accessibility Request Form.

Seating Assistance and More

Please visit the main UVM Commencement website here for more information about seating assistance including the use of transport wheelchairs to and from ceremonies. 

Commencement Livestream

The Commencement Ceremony for the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2018 will be livestreamed for guests who are unable to attend in person. The livestream will be available at

The Reception

Sunday, May 20, 2018 (immediately following the ceremony)
The Grand Maple Ballroom, UVM Davis Center
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Students in the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2018, their guests, and College faculty are invited to a reception immediately following the ceremony.  More information to come.


Commencement Week Events

  • Senior Week Events
    • Monday, May 14: Paintball at Green Mountain Games
    • Tuesday, May 15: Spirit of Ethan Allen Boat Cruise from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    • Wednesday, May 16: Class of 2018 Hike
    • Thursday, May 17: The Endies at ECHO from 8:00 pm - 12:00 am
    • Friday, May 18: Class of 2018 BBQ
  • Honors Night: Monday, May 14
  • Graduate College Commencement: Saturday, May 19 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the UVM Multipurpose Facility in the Athletic Complex (more info >>)
  • Main UVM Commencement: Sunday, May 20 from 8:20 am - 11:00 am at the UVM University Green (more info >>)
  • Larner College of Medicine Commencement: Sunday, May 20 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the UVM Ira Allen Chapel 
  • Larner College of Medicine Commencement Reception: Sunday, May 20 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the Grand Maple Ballroom in the UVM Davis Center

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Among the most popular specialty matches were primary care - a total of 37 students - and surgery, with 22 students matching to surgical specialties. Link to the Class of 2017 Match List

Commencement 2017

Future Larner College of Medicine Commencement Dates

  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
  • Sunday, May 17, 2020